Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

FWS is a need-based financial aid program, and therefore requires that you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the award.

The amount of FWS a student is awarded represents eligibility for working on campus. Students who are offered FWS are not committed to a job or guaranteed a job on campus, but they receive priority to find and accept a job on campus during the first several weeks of the fall semester. For the 2019-2020 academic year, priority will be given to FWS eligible students through September 21, 2019. For the 2020-2021 academic year, priority will be given to FWS eligible students through September 19, 2020. The FWS award amount does NOT apply to charges billed by the university.

Undergraduate and graduate students are offered Federal Work-Study if they demonstrate financial need beyond the amount of scholarships, grants and need-based loans they receive. Law students are not offered Federal Work-Study as part of the initial financial aid package, but will be reviewed for FWS eligibility upon request. (Law students are strongly discouraged by the Law School from working while enrolled.)

Baylor also participates in the Texas College Work Study program. Learn more here.

You can learn more about student employment and see the positions available at this time to currently enrolled students at

Selection and Awarding of Students

Recipients must have submitted a valid FAFSA and meet all minimum eligibility requirements for recipients of Federal aid programs.

  • For undergraduates, package if the student indicated an interest on the FAFSA or earned $200 or more via FWS in the preceding year. The award may range from $100 - $3,200 for academic year based on the student’s remaining need after scholarship, grant and Subsidized Direct Loan. Students will not receive a FWS offer exceeding their demonstrated financial need.
  • For graduate students (excluding law students), package if the student indicated an interest in the program on the FAFSA or if the student earned $200 or more via FWS in the preceding year. The award may range from $100 to $3,200 based on the student’s remaining need after scholarship, grant and Subsidized Direct Loan. Students will not receive a FWS offer exceeding their demonstrated financial need.
  • Law students are strongly discouraged by the Law School from working. Law students are not packaged with FWS but will be repackaged with FWS upon request.
  • Larger amounts may be reviewed and awarded manually for an individual position held, depending on remaining need, pay rate, and number of hours worked.
  • If larger amounts cannot be awarded due to lack of need, the student can still proceed to work, but will no longer be working under the FWS program, they will moved to University Work Study program once they have maxed their FWS award.
  • Part-time and independent students are offered FWS based on the parameters above.
  • Students will accept or decline the FWS offer in BearWeb (Student Information System, SIS).
  • If a student originally rejects the Federal Work Study (FWS) award before reviewed for position and the Financial Aid Dept. has the capability to reinstate the award, the award will be reinstated automatically.
  • If a student contacts the Financial Aid Dept. to cancel the Federal Work Study (FWS) award, the student will be ineligible to work in a Baylor University Work-Study approved position until the student chooses to have Federal Work Study reinstated. 
  • If a student contacts the Financial Aid Dept. to reduce the Federal Work Study (FWS) award, the student will only be allowed to work up to the adjusted amount, once the amount is hit, the student will need to terminate employment and will not be allowed to continue working until original amount is reinstated.
  • In general, if the student makes any requests or changes to their award or Federal Work Study (FWS), the student is accepting the newly adjusted amount as the amount they will use. While if changes to the award statement that affects Federal Work Study made by the Financial Aid Department, such as a scholarship, there will be no impacts to the students employment.
Limited Access to Clifton Robinson Tower
Financial Aid, Student Accounts and One Stop (first floor) are open to walk-in visitors, however we encourage students to reach us via phone, contact us form or virtual office visit while a construction project occurs at the Clifton Robinson Tower. Parking is very limited. More information about how to contact us can be found here.